Collegiate CEOs Graduate From Entrepreneurship Program: Showcase and celebration to take place at The Mill on July 27
The Mill today announced that six collegiate business founders from across Indiana have successfully completed the 2023 Startup Summer program. On Thursday, July 27, The Mill will host a public showcase to celebrate the startups. Lunch will be provided by SmokeWorks, and the Elevate Southern Indiana Roadshow of entrepreneurial support organizations will be on hand to network with the audience as well.
“Startup Summer allows student founders to spend their summers working on their own businesses,” said Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming at The Mill. “They’re growing the next generation of Hoosier businesses, and this year’s group has already made remarkable progress. We’re really excited for the community to join us for a fun, inspiring celebration of their accomplishments.”
Doors open at 11 am in the Event Hall at The Mill (642 N Madison) for networking and lunch. Starting at 11:55, each founder will give a short, 5-minute pitch for their startup, followed by additional time to meet the founders and network. Six students will present five different companies ranging from software to musical curriculum to energy bars.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank is struggling for volunteers this summer, leaving several projects on hold. Our agencies desperately need food, and we have food we can’t distribute yet. People are needed to sort food drive and pack food boxes for distribution. Individuals are welcome, but groups are really helpful right now. A few hours of help will make a big difference. We’re flexible on shift times and lengths but generally need help Monday-Friday between 9-5. For more information contact Ryan at email@example.com or 812-334-8374.
The Community Innovation Awards celebrate and publicize our community’s business successes. Our accomplishments are amplified and encouraged when acknowledged before our colleagues and friends. Nominations are now open! Help us celebrate our local bright lights. You’ve got until August 4 to single out a great company or individual for recognition.
The Best Places to Work Awards recognize the area’s best employers and provide organizations with valuable employee feedback.
The Fast 15 Awards recognize the MVP employees who drive innovation at our companies.
The FUSE Business Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of companies and individuals in Bloomington’s thriving tech scene.
Nominate at https://communityinnovationawards.com/
From famous IU alumni to a Nobel Prize winner and our magical fish, Bloomington's unique quirkiness is the cover story of the upcoming August/September issue of Bloom Magazine. Arriving on newsstands August 3, be sure to grab a copy at any of 240 locations around town and take the quiz, "So, You Think You Know Bloomington?"
Northwest Bank Provides Tips for Streamlining the Mortgage Process in Today’s Competitive Housing Market
Northwest Bank, a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, provides tips for streamlining the mortgage process to help consumers navigate today’s competitive housing market and reduce the stress of home buying.
“In this market, buyers have to be ready to move quickly,” says Tim Holman, vice president and director of mortgage operations, Northwest Bank. “You don’t have time to hesitate when you find the property you want.”
Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named Heidi Schulz to the position of executive director of development. Schulz was formerly serving in multiple roles at Indiana University, primarily as director of the Cox Research Scholars Program. She assumed the new role as Susie Graham retired from the position on June 30 after 17 years of service.
“I have long been an admirer of the life changing mission that Ivy Tech serves in our community,” Schulz says. “The opportunities Ivy Tech provides is second to none, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and students to help Ivy Tech continue and expand upon that mission.”
In her previous role as director of the Cox Research Scholars Program, she was instrumental in developing one of Indiana University’s largest single donor gifts into a prestigious scholarship program. Schulz directed the programming, communications, recruitment, and administration of one of Indiana University’s premiere scholarship programs.
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is offering English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses this fall. Classes will be held for 8-weeks, beginning August 21 and October 23. Students can attend either in-person or online via Zoom. ESOL courses are scheduled in the evenings and will be held once per week on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
ESOL classes are for individuals who did not grow up speaking English as their first language and wish to improve their English speaking, listening, and writing skills. They are designed to prepare students to take college-level courses, but they can help anyone who wants to improve their English language skills.
All ESOL classes are entirely in English and students will need basic skills to participate.
To register and for more information, call admissions at 812-330-6013 or email askBloomington@ivytech.edu.
NOTE: This article that features Chamber Member, Lennie's, was published on July 12, 2023 in the Herald-Times by Carol Kugler. Photos are provided by the Herald-Times.
Lennie Busch is excited about the future of Lennie's restaurant, even though she and her business partner Jeff Mease no longer own the establishment that bears her name.
On July 3, Michael Fox and Samantha Ezzo purchased the restaurant at 514 E. Kirkwood Ave. Although the couple are starting a new venture together, Lennie's isn't new to either of them — it's been part of their lives for years.
"We started working at Lennie's in 2002 and sort of fell in love and have been together for 20 years," Fox said.
Fox continued to work at Lennie's, one of the One World Enterprises companies owned by Busch and Mease, until February. When he left, he was director of operations for Lennie's and Hive, a position he had since 2017.
With more than 16 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, Arlicia Robertson has been named regional vice president, community lending officer for Northwest Bank, a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking solutions. Jennifer Gibson, Indiana region president, made the announcement.
Robertson brings to Northwest a wealth of experience and expertise in the banking industry having served Mutual Bank for more than 14 years as a teller, teller team lead, personal banker and business development officer. As community lending officer, Robertson will spearhead Northwest's efforts to provide accessible financing solutions to individuals and small businesses, further strengthening the local economy.
“We are thrilled to announce Arlicia’s promotion to the role of regional vice president, community lending officer,” said Jennifer Gibson, Indiana region president, Northwest Bank. “As we continue to celebrate the grand opening of our new business office and regional hub in Fishers, Arlicia’s exceptional track record and deep understanding of our customers’ needs make her the ideal candidate to lead our community lending initiatives in Central Indiana.”
Middle Way House is working with the City of Bloomington to bring you this year's Wrapped in Love Public Art Display! Since 2012, Middle Way House's Wrapped in Love tree sweaters have been prominently displayed on trees in the heart of Bloomington from October 1st through the end of the year to raise awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Sponsoring a tree publicizes your commitment to ending violence and helps fund programs at Middle Way House to support all survivors. For more information about sponsorship, please reach out to Middle Way House's Development Director, Maria Douglas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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